The dissolution honours list has been delayed for many weeks. The reasons for this are unclear. The power to create new peers is held by the Prime Minister and under normal circumstances a list would have been issued in the aftermath of the General Election. The new list may have been delayed to take into account the election of a new leader for the Lib Dems which has now taken place.

Our article led to the conclusion that Ming Campbell and Alan Beith might be offered peerages and the total would be five or six. This might be a surprise in some quarters given the result of the General Election and the existing substantial number of peers, however the last government was a coalition and that might be expected to be reflected in the dissolution honours list. Perhaps more importantly the Prime Minister has only a small majority in the Commons and none in the Lords. If new Lib Dem peers are created it is likely to be of former ministers in the coalition government who have experience of working with the government.

The Daily Mail published an interesting article on this subject with some different conclusions stating a possible long timeline.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3163127/PM-wants-pack-Lords-Tory-pals-Cameron-set-appoint-35-peers-dissolution-honours-list-help-policies-Parliament.html

It also offers an alternative of the end of the month which is this week. A few days ago on this blog we published an  likely new peers. This evening has seen a huge surge in viewers to this article. Is this is a sign that the announcement of the list is imminent? We will know this week.

about likely new peers. This evening has seen a huge surge in viewers to this article. Is this is a sign that the announcement of the list is imminent? We will know this week.

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